This post details how to complete the perfect last day of school activity for your students. Even if you’re teaching online, this is a great activity to complete digitally! End of the year goodbye stars include writing meaningful goodbye messages on individual stars for each student.
Create Goodbye Stars on the Last Day of School
The end of the year is a hectic and exhausting time for teachers. Students are finishing up projects and taking exams, while teachers are trying to cram every last thing into the limited time left. It is also time for those end of the year activities that bring everyone together for some fun.
End of the year goodbye stars is a great community-building activity that helps students further their social-emotional development. Saying goodbye is hard for some, and this helps them say it to their peers before summer vacation. It helps them reflect on past experiences and the year together as a class.
For online learners, this activity can be done independently at home with a few additional modifications and can serve as a beautiful memento of the school year.
Studentcanto share and write those memories and goodbye messages to their peers on stars. They build and strengthen relationships and good feelings this way. Completing the activity enhances writing and spelling skills. Most of all, goodbye stars make a wonderful keepsake at the end of the year.
Table of Contents
- Create Goodbye Stars on the Last Day of School
- How to Create Goodbye Stars as a Last Day of School Activity
- Digital Goodbye Stars Activity
- Classroom Resources for the End of the Year
- More End of the Year Ideas
How to Create Goodbye Stars as a Last Day of School Activity
For the star-shaped cut-outs, I recommend using a 2-ply weight paper or cardstock or scrapbook paper that is thicker than regular paper and not construction paper. Yellow makes the perfect color for stars and is light enough to show all ink colors. You could also get creative and use different scrapbook papers with fun prints.
Start by creating a tracer of a large star. The stars I use are approximately 12″ in diameter. Use the tracer to trace a class set of stars with a pencil. Cut out each star and write the names of each student in the center of each star. Don’t forget to create one for yourself and any other teachers in the classroom.
Anchor Chart Activity
Start by brainstorming exercises to generate ideas. Create a “Goodbye Stars” anchor chart to record your words. Encourage students to think of positive messages about the different personalities in the classroom (i.e., You are nice!).
Come up with messages to wish someone well (i.e., Have a fun summer!). Think of favorite memories you have shared (i.e., Thanks for the help this year!). Once you have generated a chart full of messages, get ready for writing on each star.
Writing on the Stars
Completing this activity so that each student writes on each star requires a bit of organization. I recommend using small pieces of tape with arrows on each to put on each student’s desk. The arrow will point to where that student will pass their star next.
Make sure all students and teachers have a spot to sit with an arrow that points to a spot. Make sure that each spot will receive each star in turn. Have your students sit in their spots and look to where they will pass the stars next. Get them to give their stars to the first person.
Give the class a few minutes to autograph and write a personal message to that person. Request that students are neat and write with their best spelling and handwriting. Bring out your favorite markers, like these Crayola Skinny Markers for a variety of colors.
Once every student is ready and has written a thoughtful message on the star, you call “pass,” and they pass the star in the same direction to the next spot. Once each star comes back to its owner, the activity is complete.
It is up to you as to what you do with the stars after or if you let your students take them home right away. I prefer to collect them and add them to the goodbye bags I create for students.
In the goodbye bag or basket, I include a letter from me, a summer activity, a goodbye star, a summer reading booklet, bubbles, and a special treat.
What is your favorite fun last day of school activity for students?
Digital Goodbye Stars Activity
The goodbye star activity helps kids to reflect and say goodbye to friends together as a class. It’s been a popular activity in classrooms for years as a way to end the year on a positive note. Kids get to share and write memories and goodbye messages to their classmates on stars. They strengthen relationships and good feelings this way. Most of all, end-of-the-year goodbye stars make a wonderful keepsake.
I’ve provided a FREE digital resource you can use. That way, you can do it as a virtual writing activity in Google Classroom! Everyone will get a chance to sign (fill in a text box) on each classmate’s star.
Here is the link to make a copy of the FREE google slides activity.
If you’re not sure how to do this virtually, I’ve created a quick tutorial video to help.
Click here to see how to use this google activity.
Classroom Resources for the End of the Year
End of the Year Social-Emotional Learning Resource
The end of the year social emotional learning resource is the perfect companion to your last few weeks of school lesson plans. It includes mini-lesson ideas, printable templates, and engaging activities that reflect on the connections made in the classroom.
The SEL end of the year resource and activities will encourage discussions amongst your kids about kindness, memories they’ve had throughout the year, friendships they’ve built, and goals they have for their future.
FREE Summer Reading Booklet
Download and print this summer reading booklet to encourage your students to read over the break. You can download it for FREE by clicking the image below.
More End of the Year Ideas
End of the School Year Activities
End of the School Year Activities
Thank you for sharing this great idea! These end year stars are so great!
Proud to be Primary
Thanks Kirsten! Hope your class enjoys doing this activity!
I love this idea. This is a great way to scaffold their writing!
Love this idea !! You mention you have a letter you sent with your goodbye to the students. What does this look like? Do you have one for parents?
Do you have a pattern for the star? I don’t see a download or purchase link.
Proud to be Primary
Hi Lucia! I actually used a paper cutout of a start. I traced it and cut out on yellow tag board. Hope that helps!
Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea!
How do students add their comments?
Do I create one large text box for everyone? Or does each child create their own text box?
Proud to be Primary
Each student creates their own text box or inserts their own image or shape. They can get creative
What size star template did you use?
As a Music Specialist teacher, I did a similar activity with my senior students.
Since I only saw them twice a week, I asked them to share what they enjoyed learning the best that year and what they did not enjoy : so it was beneficial for me each year to plan music classes.
At other times, I did the activity as you did and had them write about each other and we sat in a circle and passed their sheets around that I had prepared with their names in the middle in Calligraphy…they really did love this!
It was a great way to finish our music classes for the year and before they graduated Elementary school!